Barbel boost for Yorkshire rivers

The River Aire has benefitted from an Environment Agency scheme to introduce more barbel to Yorkshire waterways.

Officials from the EA released 500 of the species into the waterway at Stourton and Armley and have ensured fishermen the move doesn’t mark the end of the project.

Other waterways in the region have also been given a stocking boost, with experts at Calverton fish farm revealing 3,000 barbel had been introduced into rivers across Yorkshire in recent weeks.

Staff have tagged the fish with an easily noticeable dye to help them monitor their progress in their new homes.